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Body of missing hiker Riley Zickel found after 3 years


FILLED BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH. JEFF: A HIKER WHO DISAPPEARED IN THREE YEARS AGO IS FINALLY GOING HOME TO HIS FAMILY. JENNIFER: CREWS RECOVERED AT REILLY’S BODY YESTERDAY. AMY FRAZIER COVERED THE SEARCH FOR HIM BACK IN 2016 WHICH WAS JUST MASSIVE. AND THEN FOLLOWED UP WITH ONE OF RILEY’S GOOD FRIENDS. REPORTER: RILEY LOVED HIKING AND NATURE. HIS FRIEND SAYS HE DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED AND THAT BRINGS HER SOME PEACE RIGHT NOW. REALLY A HIGHLIGHT IN EVERYBODY’S LIVES. REPORTER: AS FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES REMEMBER RILEY, THEY CAN’T HELP BUT SMILE. THERE WAS HIS VOICEMAIL. HELLO TO YOU TODAY, YOU HAVE REACHED THE PHONE NUMBER RILEY ZICKEL. [LAUGHTER] EVEN JUST CALLING HIM, YOU WOULD START TO CHUCKLE. REPORTER: AND THEN THERE IS A NICKNAME HE GAVE HIMSELF. OLD RILED. THAT IS WHAT HE CALLED HIMSELF. REPORTER: MIRANDA WENT TO LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE WITH RILEY WHERE HE WAS STUDYING CHEMISTRY. HE WAS ALSO A TALENTED MUSICIAN AND LOVED THE OUTDOORS. OFTENTIMES ON THE WEEKENDS, WE WOULD GO UP AND GO STARGAZING AT THE TOP OF A LOCAL HILL. IT WAS REALLY BEAUTIFUL. HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A NATURE. REPORTER: IN JULY OF 2016, RILEY WENT MISSING DURING AN OVERNIGHT HIKE IN THE MOUNT JEFFERSON WILDERNESS AREA. DESPITE AN EXTENSIVE SEARCH, THERE WAS NO SIGN OF HIM UNTIL NOW, THREE YEARS LATER. SHARING ABOUT IT OBVIOUSLY BROUGHT UP A LOT OF EMOTIONS. IT MADE ME UPSET BUT ALSO RELIEVED TO HEAR THAT HE HAD FINALLY BEEN FOUND. REPORTER: SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, CLIMBERS CONTACTED THE MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYING THEY HAD FOUND RILEY’S BODY IN A GLACIAL AREA ABOVE JEFFERSON PARK ON MOUNT JEFFERSON. ON TUESDAY, CREWS BRAVED THE STEEP TERRAIN AND ROCK AVALANCHES TO REACH HIM AND BRING HIM HOME. MIRANDA SAYS RILEY HAS TAUGHT HER TO APPRECIATE LIFE AND TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO THOSE AROUND HER, EACH AND EVERY DAY. THE LAST TIME I TALKED TO HIM , I REMEMBER IT BUT I WAS NOT PARTICULARLY — IF I KNEW THAT WAS THE LAST TIME, I WOULD HAVE CRIED MORE. REPORTER: THERE IS A SCHOLARSHIP AND RILEY’S NAME AT LEWISTON AND CLARK COLLEGE. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION AT KOIN.COM. IN THE COMING DAYS, INVESTIGATORS WILL BE ATTEMPTING TO DETERMINE HOW HE DIED. BACK TO YOU.

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